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Byron Bay Writers’ Festival is Passionate about Poetry!

May 17, 2011  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off on Byron Bay Writers’ Festival is Passionate about Poetry!


I have attended every Byron Bay Writers’ Festival ( this year August 5-7)  since the first intimate one in 1997.  Each year I delight in the opportunity to hear a wide variety of authors on a myriad of subjects. Poetry being my first love, I make it a point to go to all the poetry night events, master classes and other poetry options.  I’ve thrilled to hear some of the finest Australian and visiting poets over those 14 years.  But not surprisingly, poetry at the festival seemed eclipsed by the big name musicians, politicians, actors and other celebrity speakers. For me, there was never enough poetry.

This year Dangerously Poetic made our usual wish list and above all wanted to raise the profile of poetry at the festival.  We spoke with Candy, the new director and she encouraged us to pursue a grant for a poetry chill-out tent. We were successful and received monies from The Sidney Myer Fund so we could have an intimate space for readings and live chill out music for the whole three days of the festival.

We also are co-sponsoring the Dangerously Poetic Byron Writers Festival Poetry Prize.  This will be awarded at a 2 hour poetry reading session in the performance tent on Sunday.  This event will showcase many of the remarkable poets invited to the festival interspersed by live music.

In addition to these events, a poetry night on Friday and on Saturday, a special performance, Poetry of Passion with Kamal will be offered.  In short, it will be a mini-poetry festival within the larger festival and should satisfy even the most dedicated poetry lovers.

Early Bird tickets are still available.  Don’t miss out on this festival of poetry…  See you there!

Announcing new National Poetry Competition!

April 24, 2011  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off on Announcing new National Poetry Competition!

I am delighted to announce that Dangerously Poetic is co-sponsoring the Dangerously Poetic Byron Bay Writer’s festival poetry competition this year!   Poetry is set to have a larger profile at the festival and Dangerously Poetic will have a marquee dedicated to A Passion for Poetry. We will also host a 2 hour poetry reading on the Sunday where the judge, Robyn Rowland, will announce the prize winners and they will have the opportunity to read their winning poems.

This national poetry prize will be awarded at the Byron Bay Writer’s Festival 2011 on Sunday, the 7th of August.

Poets are invited to write up to 40 lines on the theme-                                                                                                A Passion for Nature and our place in it.

Judge: Dr. Robyn Rowland AO

First Prize : $500, a 3 day pass to the Byron Bay Writer’s Festival 2011, publication in Dangerously Poetic’s upcoming anthology ( projected launch date 2/2012), a free copy of the anthology and chance to read the poem at the festival.

Second Prize : $ 100, a 3 day pass to Byron Bay Writer’s Festival 2011, publication in DP’s upcoming anthology ( as above.)

• Entry fee: $10 first poem, $5 for each additional

• Poems will be no longer than 40 lines, single spaced, Times New Roman 12 pt.

• Poems shall not have won a competition, been previously published or under consideration elsewhere. Winning poems must be available for publication in anthology.

• Closing date is 15th June, 2011. All poems must be received by this date to be considered.

• No author name on poem.

• Please enclose 2 copies of each poem plus one entry form or email poems and entry form as .doc attachments to bev_sweeney@yahoo.com.au

• No poem will be returned, no communication will be entered into.

• Judge’s notes and final results will be posted on www.dangerouslypoetic.com

Good Luck!

Download the entry form:

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Pay for your entry here:

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